Pistons put Johnson in 'Microwaive'Vinnie Johnson, called...

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September 05, 1991

Pistons put Johnson in 'Microwaive'

Vinnie Johnson, called the "Microwave" for his ability to come in hot off the bench, was waived by the Detroit Pistons yesterday. Johnson, a 12-year NBA veteran and Detroit's leader in games played, was cut because the Pistons are awash in guards and are bumping up against the league's salary cap.

Johnson's big moment came in Game 5 of the 1990 NBA championships, when his jump shot gave the Pistons a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and a second straight title. Johnson, 35, has played in 798 games for Detroit and is fifth on the team's scoring list with 10,146 points.

* Dallas Mavericks forward Roy Tarpley scored two victories yesterday, when a jury acquitted him of a drunken-driving charge and a judge denied a prosecutor's motion to revoke the player's probation. Tarpley was facing two years in jail and a $2,000 fine if jurors had found him guilty.

He also could have been sentenced to an additional year in jail if Dallas County Criminal Court Judge Mike Schwille had revoked the two-year probation Tarpley was given Sept. 5, 1990, for a 1989 driving-while-intoxicated incident.

Gymnastics

South Africa was cleared to make its return to international competition in the World Gymnastics Championships, which will begin Saturday in Indianapolis.

The executive committee of the International Gymnastics Federation gave its approval after meeting for about two hours. This will be the first international competition for South Africa since the abolition of apartheid, the policy of racial separation that had kept the country out of the Olympics since 1960.

Colleges

Wisconsin, which cut five sports earlier this year because of a budget deficit, drew the biggest share of the latest NCAA basketball tournament television revenues, even though it hasn't appeared in the tournament since 1947. And although Wisconsin could use the $409,811 to shave its $1.8 million athletic budget deficit, it will split it equally with its other Big Ten members under the league's sharing plan, athletic director Pat Richter said.

Maryland was one of four Atlantic Coast Conference schools -- North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia are the others -- to receive more than $300,000. The NCAA's new formula rewards the 294 Division I schools based on the number of sports and scholarships offered.

Soccer

Joseph Addo scored on a short pass from John Kelly with 38 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in the game to lead George Mason to a 1-0 victory over Loyola in Fairfax, Va., in the season opener for both teams. George Mason, which was ranked No. 15 in the preseason coaches poll, has beaten Loyola in four of their past five meetings. It was the third straight season-opening loss for the Greyhounds.

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